Commitment to Indigenous Peoples

Challenger is proud of the business relationships we have established with Indigenous communities, businesses and governments. We strive to contribute to the many communities in which we work, not only through employment opportunities, but through direct participation in social and cultural activities as well.

Inukshuk Geomatics Inc.

Inukshuk Geomatics Inc. is a majority Aboriginal-owned geomatics company, jointly owned by the Inuvialuit Development Corporation and Challenger Geomatics Ltd. Inukshuk is incorporated under the laws of the Northwest Territories and is the only company included in the Inuvialuit Business List that has a Permit to Practice, issued by the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors. Inukshuk is also registered as a PSAB business and maintains BIP status.

Inukshuk’s corporate goals are to:

  • Facilitate the development of resources and capacity related to geomatics
  • Enable the Inuvialuit to fully participate in geomatics activities in their respective regions
  • Demonstrate a long-term commitment to sustainable development in Canada’s North
  • Develop and employ Inuvialuit and Indigenous people
  • Deliver innovative and high quality geomatics services at competitive rates

Since its incorporation in 2000, Inukshuk Geomatics Inc. has been an active geomatics firm providing a range of professional services to Northern Canada including subdivisions; wellsite and pipeline surveys; highway and other construction surveys; bathymetry surveys; precise control surveys; underground locating and survey support for environmental reclamation projects; mapping in support of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Studies; aerial mapping and photography; training; and various mapping products using public and purchased spatial data sets.

Inukshuk team members are drawn from the local communities on a project basis with technical and professional staffing provided by Inukshuk’s partner, Challenger Geomatics.

Sahtu Geomatics Ltd.

Sahtu Geomatics Ltd. is a majority Aboriginal-owned geomatics company, jointly owned by the Mackay Range Development Corporation and Challenger Geomatics Ltd. Sahtu is incorporated under the laws of the Northwest Territories and has a Permit to Practice, issued by the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors. Sahtu is also registered as a PSAB business and maintains BIP status.

Sahtu’s corporate goals are to:

  • Facilitate the development of resources and capacity related to geomatics
  • Enable the Sahtu to fully participate in geomatics activities in their respective regions
  • Demonstrate a long-term commitment to sustainable development in Canada’s North
  • Develop and employ Sahtu Dene and Indigenous people
  • Deliver innovative and high quality geomatics services at competitive rates

Since its incorporation in 2012, Sahtu Geomatics Ltd. has been an active geomatics firm providing a range of professional services to Northern Canada including wellsite surveys; road and other construction surveys; camp and laydown construction projects; underground locating and survey support for environmental reclamation projects; precise control surveys; aerial mapping and photography; and, training.

Sahtu team members are drawn from the local communities on a project basis with technical and professional staffing provided by Sahtu’s partner, Challenger Geomatics.

Relationships

Challenger Geomatics has developed formal and informal relationships in the Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, Sahtu, Deh Cho and Tlicho communities of the Northwest Territories, and with Inuit communities in Nunavut.

In Yukon Territory, Challenger Geomatics has successfully completed contract Land Claim surveys and/or direct projects with most Yukon First Nations, including: Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, Kluane First Nation, Kwanlin Dun First Nation, Selkirk First Nation, Ta'an Kwach'an Council, Teslin Tlingit Council, Tr’ondek Hwech’in, and Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation.

Challenger has also established positive relationships with a number of First Nations communities throughout Alberta and northeast British Columbia.

We are proud of these partnerships and alliances, and intend to build on these successes to form more long-term relationships with Indigenous Communities throughout Canada.

Training

Since 1998, Challenger Geomatics Ltd. has demonstrated our commitment to training an Indigenous and Northern workforce in the surveying field through a number of training initiatives that have benefited Indigenous communities. Training methods include: custom training packages designed and delivered by Challenger and funded by third parties; on-the-job training with wage subsidies provided by government programs; and on-the-job training specific to our commitments to our Indigenous business partners.

In 2012, Challenger was the recipient of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyor’s prestigious David Thompson Award, in the category – Contribution to Society.

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In the category Contribution to Society, Vice President Ron Robinson (now retired) (shown on the left in the photo above receiving the award from ACLS President Ivan Royan) from Challenger Geomatics received an award for the project entitled “First Nation Training” for an ongoing effort started in 1998 to train an Indigenous and Northern workforce in Canada by offering survey workshops in various communities across the North.

The following is a list of some of the communities and projects in which Challenger has delivered survey and geomatics-related training courses:

  • Aurora College and Aboriginal Futures, Northwest Territories
  • Deh Cho Region, Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories
  • Deline, Sahtu Settlement Area, Northwest Territories
  • Ekati Diamond Mine, Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., and DeBeers’ Snap Lake Diamond Project
  • Gwich’in Settlement Area, Fort McPherson & Mackenzie Gas Project, Northwest Territories
  • Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Inuvik & Mackenzie Gas Project, Northwest Territories
  • Kivalliq Region, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
  • Ross River Dena Council, Yukon
  • Sahtu Settlement Area, Norman Wells & Tulita District, Northwest Territories



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